Freefall

A Novel
Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
4 out of 5 stars (562 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A 2020 Audie finalist - thriller/suspense

A most anticipated book of 2019: Entertainment Weekly | USA Today | Parade | Cosmopolitan | New York Post | PopSugar | Goodreads

“Exhilarating, emotional - a thriller charged with genuine depth and raw power.” (AJ Finn, author of the number-one NYT best-selling The Woman in the Window)

“The corporate malfeasance and shady conspiracies of John Grisham, with the frank feminism of two rounded female protagonists.” (Entertainment Weekly)

They say your daughter is dead.

You know they’re wrong.

When her fiancé’s private plane crashes in the Colorado Rockies, everyone assumes Allison Carpenter is dead.

But Maggie, Allison’s mother back home in Owl Creek, Maine, refuses to believe them. Maggie knows her daughter - or she used to, anyway. For the past two years, the two women have been estranged, and while Maggie doesn’t know anything about Ally’s life now - not even why she was on a private plane to begin with - she still believes in her girl’s strength, and in their love for each other.

As Allison struggles across the treacherous mountain wilderness, Maggie embarks on a desperate search for answers about the world Allison has been involved in. What was she running from? And can Maggie uncover the truth in time to save her?

Told from the perspectives of a mother and daughter separated by distance but united by an unbreakable bond, Freefall is a heart-stopping, propulsive thriller about two tenacious women overcoming unimaginable obstacles to protect themselves and the ones they love.

©2019 Hudson & Guide Post Limited (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Editor's Pick

"In her exhilarating debut, Jessica Barry borrows several familiar thriller tropes—a mysterious plane crash, a stalker, a corporate conspiracy, a protagonist on the run—and combines them into a narrative that’s thoroughly entertaining and moving at a breakneck pace without neglecting the emotions and relationships at its heart. The performances lend nuance and personality to each character, infusing this listen with cinematic appeal."
Lavina K., Audible Editor

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Long and tedious

The story and plot were rather unbelievable. Book was long and tedious. Performance was average but just a rather average novel.

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Fantastic! Best read in a long time!

Don’t hesitate to get this book!
I listen to many books and I’ve never written a review before this one. I almost didn’t get it because it was so new. Just do it.
This fast paced thriller will keep you hooked and doesn’t disappoint!

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Some good twists but a bit flat overall

Free Fall has some good plot twists, but the story, in its entirety, falls a bit flat. There’s a lot of unnecessary repetition that could have been edited out - frankly probably a few chapter’s worth.

For the audible version: the daughter’s performance is solid, but the mother’s performance is monotone to the point I almost couldn’t force myself to continue. I’m glad I did though, the performance either gets better by the end or maybe you just get used to the mono tone. But the story is worth listening to overall.


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Just OK

A little predictable and stereotypical. A lot of gratuitous description that seemed out of context. Found myself rolling my eyes a lot thinking, "Oh brother!" I've never heard someone say the word "whirl" so many times! Lol! They'll probably make TV movie out of it; fits the stereo type. Over, not terrible, but not great.

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Best listening in a very long while

After several false starts, mainly Liane Moriarity's latest disappointment, I was really looking for the triple threat novel: great story, believable characters, excellent narrator, plus, plus--Freefall is it. The narrators are the best I have heard in a long time. The story is so well thought out. The mystery is compelling, thoughtfull, riveting. The heroine is flawed and brave , even the sub characters are well drawn. This is the kind of story you keep listening to long after you have pulled into your driveway and the dog looking out of the window is wondering why you are not coming in to the house.

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Started out great then fell off

First few chapters were so good but then it just got boring. Couldn’t finish the book because the long talks with neighbor or the inner dialogue was so long

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I had a hard time believing storyline.

I have lived in the Colorado Mountains and in San Diego so I was intrigued enough to finish the book because of the setting. I am a fan of mystery or thrillers and found circumstances hard to believe a few too many times.

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stay with it

at first i wasn't sure.. then it was hard to stay away from it.
lovedthe story and narrators.

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Not a lot of suspense

This was a very linear read. I was expecting to have some action/suspense. There wasn't much...kinda at the end ?!. I wasn't impressed.

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Intriguing and captivating

I absolutely enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I enjoyed the aspects that were given by the book switching time frames. It was a well-written book that managed to entangle what seemed like every character in the book, yet weave its way through to a fantastic ending that thoroughly wrapped up all parties! I truly enjoyed this audible version!

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